International Trade

  • September 23, 2016

    Hanjin Shipping Asks 3rd Circ. Not To Waive No-Seize Order

    Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd. urged the Third Circuit on Thursday to reject an emergency bid by several maritime companies to skirt a New Jersey court order barring U.S. creditors from seizing any of the South Korean container carrier’s assets, saying they don’t merit extraordinary special treatment.

  • September 23, 2016

    Commerce Sets Final Duty Rates For Indian Steel Pipe

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday affirmed its final determinations for import tariffs in its anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations of Indian steel pipe after finding the merchandise had been sold in the United States for less than fair value.

  • September 23, 2016

    Activists Say Canada-EU Investment Court Guts Democracy

    European civil society groups have released a new report ripping an investment court system that Canada and the European Union plan to create with a pending trade deal, saying their purported reforms to investor-state arbitration don’t go far enough and give corporations more power.

  • September 23, 2016

    Banks' Long Brexit Good-Bye Possible But Not Likely

    U.S. banks using London to passport into the EU market have reportedly asked the British government to negotiate a long transition for the U.K.'s exit from the bloc, but experts say such an extended twilight period might prove politically difficult to wrangle.

  • September 23, 2016

    China Moves To Reopen Market To US Beef

    The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture on Thursday announced that it is lifting its decade-plus mad cow disease-based ban on U.S. beef.

  • September 23, 2016

    Evidence In Illegal Iran Sales Is No Good, Treasury Says

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury argued Thursday that the D.C. Circuit should not reverse a $4 million fine against Epsilon Electronics Inc. over its sale of car and audio equipment to a Dubai company that re-exported to Iran, saying the electronics firm relied on evidence in its appeal that wasn't previously included in the record.

  • September 23, 2016

    EU Parliament Head Warns UK Delay Could Sour Brexit Deal

    The longer the U.K. waits to trigger formal negotiations on its exit from the European Union, the more difficult it may be for Britain to reach an agreement with splintered European interests, the president of the European Parliament warned Friday.

  • September 22, 2016

    Reps. Spar On US Response To South China Sea Ruling

    Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a panel of policy experts engaged in an occasionally heated debate Thursday over the best response to an international tribunal’s ruling that rejected China’s claims of control over the South China Sea, with some pushing for a display of resolve and others arguing U.S. interests aren't at stake.

  • September 22, 2016

    100 Countries Urge Quick Start To HFC Phaseout

    More than 100 countries have called for a new agreement that would quickly begin the phaseout of hydrofluorocarbons as part of the lead-up to an international conference next month addressing the protection of the Earth’s ozone layer, the White House said Thursday.

  • September 22, 2016

    FCC Fines Siemens $175K For Hiding FCPA Felonies

    Siemens Co. and Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc. have agreed to pay a $175,000 fine to resolve a Federal Communications Commission investigation into their wireless license applications, which allegedly fail to disclose past felony convictions for bribing foreign officials, the FCC said Thursday.

  • September 22, 2016

    Tile Shop Directors Sued Over Ties With Chinese Supplier

    An investor in Tile Shop Holdings Inc. launched a derivative suit against the company’s directors in Delaware Chancery Court on Thursday, alleging they breached their fiduciary duties by engaging in conflicted relationships with suppliers that led the company to sell lead-contaminated tile products.

  • September 22, 2016

    Costco Fights 9th Circ. Appeal Over Apotex Drug's Origins

    Costco asked the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to reject the appeal of a man suing over the country of origin of generic Lipitor obtained at the warehouse chain's pharmacy, saying the man didn't even read the bottle he supposedly relied on for origin information.

  • September 22, 2016

    CIT Tells Commerce To Redo Math In Turkey Rebar Suit

    The U.S. Court of International Trade told the U.S. Department of Commerce on Wednesday to again reconsider duties assessed on Turkish rebar that the agency found was sold on the American market at less than fair value, saying that Commerce may have erred in calculating the effect of a duty refund on the goods’ export prices.

  • September 22, 2016

    Quinn Emanuel Brings In Veteran GC To Lead Moscow Team

    With its top two Russian attorneys moving to Baker Botts LLP, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP announced Monday that it has brought on an experienced general counsel and adviser to startup companies as managing partner in its Moscow office.

  • September 22, 2016

    UK Admissions To Irish Rolls Skyrocket After Brexit Vote

    The number of English and Welsh lawyers joining the Irish rolls in 2016 has skyrocketed to nearly 460 now that the U.K. voted to leave the European Union and jeopardized British attorneys' right to practice before European institutions, Ireland's law society told Law360 on Thursday.

  • September 22, 2016

    Conservative Groups Look To Head Off Anti-Trade Rhetoric

    A fleet of free-market conservative groups on Thursday attempted to stem the tide of protectionism that has emerged from both sides of the aisle in this year’s presidential campaign cycle, issuing a call for lawmakers to be strong advocates for trade liberalization initiatives.

  • September 22, 2016

    Protesters Shout Down TPP-Stumping Gov’t Officials

    Protesters interrupted U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., as the pair stumped for the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership at a beltway-insider event Thursday in D.C., shouting out that the trade deal favors corporate interests over labor and environmental protections.

  • September 22, 2016

    Treasury Dept. Clears Iran Plane Deals With Boeing, Airbus

    Boeing and Airbus will be able to move forward with the planned sale and lease of billions of dollars worth of commercial aircraft to Iran after the U.S. Department of the Treasury gave final approval Wednesday.

  • September 22, 2016

    WTO Finds EU's Airbus Subsidies Are Still Illegal

    A World Trade Organization panel ruled Thursday that the European Union has not done enough to bring its various subsidy programs for aviation giant Airbus into compliance with global trade rules, dealing a new blow to Brussels in its long and winding aircraft tussle with the U.S.

  • September 21, 2016

    Tire Makers Weigh In On ITC Final Investigation

    Three international tire makers weighed in Tuesday on how the U.S. International Trade Commission should conduct the last phase of its investigation into Indian and Sri Lankan tire imports.

Expert Analysis

  • A Powerful ITC Tool For Fighting Counterfeits, Knockoffs

    Aarti Shah

    In fighting counterfeits and knockoffs, do not overlook the option of obtaining a general exclusion order from the U.S. International Trade Commission. The procedure offers significant advantages over district court litigation, trademark registration with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, and working through website-specific processes, say Aarti Shah, a former senior investigative attorney at the ITC, and James Wodarski of Mintz Levi... (continued)

  • New Life For Hague Choice Of Court Convention

    Ivan Shiu

    Few lawyers have heard of the 2005 Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements, which is hardly surprising given that until recently it lay dormant, having been ratified by Mexico alone. But now Hague has sprung into life, with recent ratification, signatures and interest from a string of countries. In time, the convention may do for litigation what the 1958 New York Convention does for arbitration, say attorneys with Hogan Lovells.

  • Overhauling Law Firm Records Departments For A New Reality

    Raymond Fashola

    As automation increases, so do business challenges that impact overall law firm operations. Records departments are facing roadblocks associated with antiquated processes, ever-changing regulatory requirements, and emerging technologies. As a result, firms are reassessing the needs of their records department staffing models, says Raymond Fashola of HBR Consulting.

  • Seed Co. Settlement Sends Warning Signal To Exporters

    Alexandra Lopex-Casero

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s recent $4.3 million penalty against PanAmerican Seed Company is significant for this type of product. It demonstrates that the agency will continue to vigorously enforce Iran sanctions violations and serves as a lesson to exporters as to the prevailing pattern of violations resulting from the use of intermediaries, say Anjali Vohra and Alexandra López-Casero of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • Do All Roads Lead To The ITC?

    Carl C. Charneski

    The U.S. International Trade Commission is evidencing the effects of globalization. Six out of the 10 investigations instituted in June 2016 listed foreign companies as co-complainants. Three of those are particularly interesting, says Carl Charneski, counsel at Brinks Gilson Lione and a former administrative law judge at the ITC.

  • Brexit Or Non-Exit?

    Robert Bell

    The accepted wisdom is that Brexit will happen, there will be a raft of separate trade deals with third countries, and Britain will still retain single market access without signing up to the free movement of people provisions. But is it really that easy? Or could Brexit really turn into non-exit? Robert Bell, head of Bryan Cave LLP's EU and U.K. competition team, explores potential scenarios.

  • A Closer Look At 'Zeroing' In Anti-Dumping Calculations

    Duane Layton

    On Sept. 7, the World Trade Organization Appellate Body issued its report in the dispute over U.S. anti-dumping and countervailing measures on large residential washers from South Korea. Mayer Brown's Duane Layton and Matthew McConkey review the decision — particularly regarding the U.S. Commerce Department's practice of “zeroing” when calculating dumping margins.

  • From Fapiao To Gestores: FCPA Risks In China, Latin America

    Saskia Zandieh

    A review of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters and corruption scandals involving China and Latin America reveals specific risks areas companies should address when tailoring their compliance programs, say Saskia Zandieh and Alice Hsieh of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • 3 Steps To Successful Judgment Enforcement

    Craig Weiner

    Judgment enforcement is typically governed by the law of the state where collection is sought, which frequently means collection efforts are controlled by an arcane body of law replete with debtor-friendly roadblocks. Fortunately, there are a number of actions a judgment creditor can take to secure satisfaction of a claim, say Craig Weiner and Michael Kolcun of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • The Latest Milestone In US-Cuba Relations

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    Flying from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Abel Santamaria Airport in Santa Clara, Cuba, JetBlue Flight 387 was the first direct commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than a half-century. These commercial flights are a potential economic boon for businesses in both countries, says Chad Purdie, head partner of Diaz Reus LLP's Los Angeles office.